22112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/22/2017 12:54 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 22 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Turning a blind eye Scripting success ‘My mother is my inspiration’ Begging menace goes on unchecked in many parts of the city. Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi’s film delves deep into the underbelly of Mumbai. P3 Best known for television show Swaragini, Tejasswi Prakash is back with Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.22 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.56 AM Post-matric scholarship fiasco: thousands miss the deadline Were are the world Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Students of various countries take out a cultural procession during the annual fest One World at Lovely Professional University at Phagwara near Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Jalandhar, November 21 In a major fiasco reported during the filling of the scholarship form by the reserved category students, thousands of them could not fill the online form on time. While the last date for filling of the scholarship form was October 30, many students could not do so due to various reasons. While some reported technical snag on the website concerned, some have even accused their respective colleges of having not forwarded their details on time to the Social Welfare Department. Following this, various colleges have reportedly withheld the roll numbers of their reserved category students and have asked them to pay the full fee to sit in the annual examination. Fact file Engineering students are facing the maximum heat as their semester exams are expected to commence by November 22. According to tehsil welfare officer Sarabjit Kaur, the students have to fill an online form after which the social welfare department verifies the details and later transfers the benefit directly to the beneficiary’s account. Engineering students are facing the maximum heat as their semester exams are expected to commence by November 22. According to tehsil welfare officer Sarabjit Kaur, the students have to fill an online form after which the social welfare department verifies the details and later transfers the benefit directly to the beneficiary’s account. “Even though the last date of filing nominations was October 31, which was even extended by another 15 days, many could not do so due to various reasons best known to them,” said Kaur. She said this year only, 10,000 students from various reserved categories have filled the form. When asked about the total number of scheme beneficiaries in the district, she refused to have compiled any such data and said that the department was doing so now after the last date for filling the scholarship forms was over. “We have recently asked the respective colleges to send us the details of the total number of reserved category students in their respective colleges. Also, we have asked them to send us details about the number of students who could not fill the form on time,” said Kaur. It is pertinent to mention here that while the students had crossed swords with their college authorities for the last one month to allow them to sit in the exam, the district administration maintained silence over the issue. Though the Scholarship committee comprising the SDM and the tehsil welfare officer should have sought details from various colleges about the number of reserved category students studying in their respective campuses, it should have also ensured that all of them should have filled their online form on time. However, now when the time is over, the committee has now begun to collect date which is not expected to yield any result. REMEMBERING CHILDREN LOST IN ROAD ACCIDENTS 8 MEDICOS IN JALANDHAR BUREAUCRACY Parents engage in social activities Doctoring society, giving prescription for social ailments Organise road safety events in Jalandhar, donate blood, distribute helmets namely, education, engineering and enforcement, asking people for safe driving and saving lives. Apart from road safety, blood donation camps and free medical camps are also being organised by the family from time to time. They have also donated their land for a public park for the children which had big banners for road safety placed inside to inspire young children to follow traffic rules and regulations. Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, November 21 A number of lives have been snuffed out in road accidents over the years. These have scarred many lives and wounded thousands of commuters. The deceased cannot be brought back, but what remains is the continuous suffering of the family members of the victims whose lives have been wrecked following the mishaps. Jalandhar Tribune speaks to three such families shattered by accidents involving their young ones and who started NGOs, foundations or got engaged in other social activities in their memory to make people aware of such mishaps and make them learn value life before anything. Lost daughter, family holds events on road safety School students participate in the ‘Save Girl Child’ rally organised by the Alfa Mahendru Foundation in Jalandhar. A Tribune Photograph Son lost, family donates land for park, holds blood donation camps “Our life is not the same anymore. It is destiny and the families are left with no other option. Beautiful memories of my son are there to cherish. He was an absolutely outstanding human being who will remain alive in our memo- A view of the park named after deceased Ajeet Singh (inset) in Jalandhar. ries forever,” said Parneet Singh Minhas, father of Ajeet Singh, who died in an accident while saving some- SVEEP campaign Jalandhar, November 21 Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jalandhar Rajeev Verma today said that the youth could play an important role in strengthening the democratic set-up by enrolling themselves as voters. Inaugurating the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign here today, the SDM said the campaign was all the more important to make the students aware of the importance of the vote. The main aim of taking such initiatives was to ensure that students take this message back homes and further convey it to their parents, peers and relatives to tell them the importance of being a voter in a dem- ocratic country. It was the moral duty of every individual to get registered as a voter whenever he/she becomes eligible for it, he added. The SDM said that all-out efforts were being made for sensitising the youngsters between the age group of 1821 about the need to enrol themselves as voters. Verma said now people could apply for new vote, deletion vote and file claims and objections through ERO NET during this special drive, adding that the new voters could also register themselves online through National Voter Services Portal (NVSP). The campaign was launched at the CT Institute (Maqsoodan campus). — OC one else, when a truck rammed into him on December 24, 2016. Tears well up in his eyes as Parneet Singh, father of Ajeet Singh, recalls the tragedy and the trauma faced by the family when they first heard the news of the mishap. But life moves on, the family has now started an NGO named Ajeet Singh for Safer Road (ASSR), spreading awareness, organising rallies, seminars in schools and colleges on road safety. The family has also placed three rocks on the BSF Chowk in the memory of their son which displays three Es of road safety, “It is her memories that will live with us forever, her photographs are all intact. We feel she is still there, lost in her books and engaged in her activities. Memories are forever,” said Prateek Mahendru, brother of journalist Alfa Mahendru, who died in a road accident in 2007. The family in the memory of their daughter had started the Alfa Mahendru Foundation which is working hard to make general masses aware of the road safety, environment issues, voting rights and girl education. The foundation has also recently organised a seminar at the Lyallpur Khalsa continued on p2 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 21 Call it their desire for bureaucratic jobs, there are eight officers with a medical education background serving in the IAS, IRS, PCS or PPS jobs in Jalandhar. The list includes MC Commissioner and IAS officer Basant Garg, and Joint Director Enforcement Directorate and IRS officer Dr Girish Bali. There are at least three PCS officers, including Additional DC Bhupinder Pal Singh, Additional Chief Administrator Jalandhar Development Authority Dr Jai Inder Singh, GA to DC, Dr Baljinder Dhillon, who are medicos. Three PPS officers – Dr Navneet Mahal, ACP North, Dr Mukesh, DSP Nakodar and Deepika Singh, ACP Crime Against , Women, too, have a medical background. While all others have MBBS degrees, Dr Jai Singh has a BDS degree Navneet Mahal Jai inder singh and Deepika Singh is a physiotherapist. All of them are of the opinion that their knowledge of medical field has helped them at some stage of their career. A 2004 MBBS passout, Dr Basant Garg proudly says that in his tenure as MC Commissioner in Jalandhar, he had ensured that there were minimal cases of dengue in the city. “While last year, there were 700, this time there were only 70. I knew the exact timings when measures need to start. We began preventive measures in the early phase. Though I have never practised as I started preparing for the IAS exam soon after my degree, my various health-related administrative public issues and my medical knowledge comes handy. Also, it has made me more disciplined and health-conscious,” said the 2005-batch IAS officer. Says Dr Navneet Mahal, “Every time, there is an Basant Garg injury and an MLR comes before me, my medical background comes to help. In all crime cases involving suicide, murder, poisoning or drowning, my knowledge as a doctor proves very useful. Even at times when I am the first responder in an accident case, I know it better as to how to deal with it. I have strictly told my staff not to take injured persons in autos or trolleys for I know how dicey it can be.” Son of Jalandhar-based advocate Navraj Singh Mahal, Dr Mahal did his MBBS course from SGRD College in 2011. He has practised for more than a year at PIMS and even ESI Hamira before joining the 2014 PPS batch. Like Garg, Dr Jai Inder too has served in the MC in the capacity of Joint Commissioner where he held the charge of health and sanitation wing and was also the nodal officer for Swachh continued on p2 ACP Deepika Singh Girish Bali PUNJAB STATE GAMES - 2017 Lovepreet declared fastest runner of Punjab Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 21 Lovepreet Singh of Roop Nagar was declared the fastest runner of the state by winning the gold in the 100m race by clocking 11.29 sec on the second day of Punjab State Games for Boys (u-17) held here today. Sunny of Fatehgarh Sahib won the silver by completing the feat in 11.35 sec, while Damanjot Singh of Mohali got the bronze by touching the finish line in 11.49 sec. In the 400m finals, Par- minder Singh of SBS Nagar clinched gold (52.00 sec), Lovepreet Singh of Gurdaspur won silver (52.55 sec). Abhisheikh Yadav of Kapurthala got bronze (53.10 sec). In the long jump, Brahmanand of Nawanshahr bagged the gold with a distance of 6.41m, Amarpreet Singh of Tarn Taran won silver with 6.27m, whereas Sahib Tandon of Mohali got the bronze with 6.25m. In the quarter finals of handball, Ludhiana beat Taran Taran 18-17, Amritsar defeated Sangrur 27-22, Jalandhar ousted Mansa 16- c m y b Roll of honour Lovepreet Singh of Roop Nagar was declared the fastest runner of the state by winning gold in 100m race clocking 11.29 sec on the second day of Punjab State Games for boy’s under (U-17) held on Tuesday. . 9, whereas Faridkot outplayed Roop Nagar 24-7. In judo (60kg), Aditiya of Jalandhar clinched gold, Arjun of Ludhiana won silver, whereas Ajya of Patiala and Jagjit Singh of Bathinda were declared joint winners for bronze medals. In 55kg, Monty of Patiala won gold, Paras Thakur of Hoshiarpur won silver and Nirbhay of Ludhiana and Abhisheikh of Gurdaspur got bronze jointly. In the quarter finals of hockey, Gurdaspur crushed Ferozepur 7-0, Amritsar ousted Jalandhar 1-0, Patiala defeated Ludhiana 50, whereas Fatehgarh Sahib beat Moga 2-1 goals. In the quarter finals of volleyball Patiala defeated Sangrur 3-1, SBS Nagar beat Faridkot 3-1, Jalandhar beat Fazilka 3-0, whereas Mohali beat Barnala 3-1. In the quarter finals of Kabaddi Gurdaspur ousted Amritsar 48-46, Fatehgarh Sahib beat Bathinda 62-39, Roop Nagar defeated Ludhiana 42-16 and Fazilka outplayed Kapurthala 45-22. In the quarter finals of basketball, Ludhiana beat Mukutsar Sahib 6236, Patiala defeated Mansa 73-51, Hoshiarpur ousted Jalandhar 69-62, whereas Bathinda outplayed Mohali 70-51. In wrestling 50 kg, Gagandeep Singh of Jalandhar defeated Balwinder Singh of Mansa, in 55 kg, Pinder Singh of Faridkot beat Akshay of Ferozepur, Rohitdeep of Amritsar beat Akash of Jalandhar, in 60 kg Arashdeep Singh of Faridkot defeated Ankush Garg of Sangrur. In the quarter finals of football, Patiala defeated Fatehgarh Sahib 2-0, Gurdaspur defeated Roop Nagar 7-6 via a tie-breaker. In weight lifting 56kg finals, Lovepreet Singh of Gurdaspur won the gold by lifting 157 kg, Nirbhao Partap singh of Ludhiana won silver by lifting 155kg, whereas Satinder Yadav of Patiala got bronze with 154kg.
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